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MEXICO CITY (AP) — Hector Beltran Leyva, the purported head of a feared drug gang allegedly run by his family, became the fourth brother to fall when soldiers grabbed him while dining at a seafood restaurant.

No shots were fired during the operation in San Miguel de Allende, a popular enclave for foreigners and artists in the central state of Guanajuato, federal criminal investigations chief Tomas Zeron said Wednesday night.

With the arrest, Mexico’s government landed another high-profile blow against the country’s cartels. At least nine capos have been killed or captured by security forces since 2009, including elusive Sinaloa cartel boss Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, one of the world’s most wanted men.

Mexican authorities have said Beltran Leyva, 49, assumed leadership of the family’s cartel after his brother Arturo was killed by troops in a gunbattle

The Beltran Leyva gang terrorized parts of central Mexico for years, including Morelos state to the south of Mexico City.

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